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Tumbler Ridge

Set in the Rocky Mountains among mountain peaks and alpine meadows Tumbler Ridge is a town characterized as a wilderness/outdoor adventure destination and an area with a maturing resource economy.  With a bright future in the coal mining and oil and gas industries, Tumbler Ridge is fast becoming a noticeable place to invest and live in.  Noticeable for outdoor recreation as well, the area has been a mecca for activities such as snowmobiling, hiking and fishing.


Two coal mines are in operation near Tumbler Ridge: the Western Canadian Coal Corporation and Peace River Coal.  The combined coal production averages three million tons annually and employs 660 people.  Nine oil and gas companies operate in the area generating approximately $100 million in revenue for the Province of BC.

A $14 million recreational facility is located in the heart of the community and houses an ice arena, four sheet curling rink, fully-equipped weight room, youth centre, climbing wall and an aquatic centre.  Found in the same facility is an art gallery show space, library, restaurant, meeting rooms, banquet facility and a museum display.  There are 37 developed recreational trails found in the area, not to mention four provincial parks with spectacular hikes and scenic trails that provide opportunities to snap-shot the incredible northern Rockies.

The fact that Tumbler Ridge is the only place in BC where both dinosaur tracks and bones have been found also makes the area very unique.  The re-opening of the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery has added to the town’s character, showcasing the distinct tracks and fossils that have been found and excavated in the Tumbler Ridge area.


Growing industries in coal mining and oil and gas, Tumbler Ridge has a need for services and amenities.  Accommodations are needed in the form of housing sub-divisions, and full service hotels.  Opportunities for commercial services are needed in legal, service and technical forms such as accounting, engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and tutoring.  There are also larger business and development opportunities in retail stores, office space, warehouses, storage and residential shops. 

Transportation service to the area is provided by three highways.  The Heritage Highway (#52 North and East) connects Tumbler Ridge to the #97 Highway west of Dawson Creek and the #2 Highway East of Dawson Creek.  Tumbler Ridge is also connected to Chetwynd via the #29 Highway.  There is a small airport located to the southeast of the township, it requires no permission to use and aviation fuel is provided on site.  CN Rail is capable of shipping freight service to Tumbler Ridge.  


There are plans for five new mining projects in the Tumbler Ridge district.  These projects, combined with the established mining industry, are projected to continue the regions mining activity for an estimated 25 years.  With current industries strengthening their operations and with additional industries like oil and gas, Tumbler Ridge is fast becoming an economically strong member of the South Peace region.  With investment that is already taking place in the service, industrial and resource sectors, the future is promising for Tumbler Ridge.

Links & Resources

Invest Tumbler Ridge (Investment and Business Development website)

Investment Ready - Tumbler Ridge Community Profile (PDF Document)

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Community Fact Sheet (PDF Document)

District of Tumbler Ridge (link opens in new window)

Stats Canada Census Profile 2011 (link opens in new window)


Barry Elliot
Community Development Officer
District of Tumbler Ridge
Ph: 250.242.4242